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Crib Safety & Regulations FAQ

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CPSC Guide to New Crib Standards

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A new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulation about cribs was approved on December 15, 2010. This regulation affects crib manufacturers and child care providers. Cribs must meet new, more stringent safety standards by June 28, 2011 and any crib not meeting that standard may not be sold in the U.S. after that date.

Many childcare professionals have questions about the new regulation and what it means for the cribs currently in use. Below is a list of frequently-asked questions regarding cribs and these new regulations with answers that we hope you will find helpful.

For more information about U.S. crib safety standards, please visit the CPSC‘s crib information center.


Frequently Asked Questions About New CPSC Crib Regulations

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Q: I‘ve heard a lot about crib regulations lately. What is going on?
Q: I heard the CPSC has recalled all drop-side cribs. Is that true?
Q: I work in a day care facility. Is there anything important I need to know about this regulation?
Q: Can I get a repair kit for my drop-side crib so that the side cannot move up and down? If so, can I still use it in my day care center after December 28, 2012?
Q: Have the Angeles® cribs been tested to the new standard?
Q: Do you have any of the compliant Angeles® models in stock?
Q: Did DSS keep current with the regulations? If so, why doesn‘t my crib meet the new crib safety standard?
Q: If drop-side cribs are not allowed why are drop-gate cribs being offered?
Q: Can I have my crib tested to see if it meets the new requirements?
Q: The warrantee on my crib has not expired. Can I still use it in my day care center after December 28, 2012?
Q: How much time do I have to get cribs that comply with the new crib regulations?
Q: I currently have an Angeles® Evacuation frame on one of my cribs will it fit the Angeles® cribs that comply with the new regulations?
Q: Is there any way to tell if my crib meets the new crib regulations?
Q: Do you expect to have enough cribs to meet customer demand?
Q: I bought a crib for personal use (in a home). Can I still use it after December 28, 2012?
Q: Do I need a Certificate of Compliance for my crib and, if so, where do I get one?


Q: I‘ve heard a lot about crib regulations lately. What is going on? Back To FAQ
A: In August 2008 President Bush signed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, also known as the CPSIA, into law. The law required that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) create new regulations for Durable Nursery products. Because of the large number of recalls on drop-side cribs in recent years, the CPSC chose to focus first on creating regulations for cribs.

On December 15, 2010 the CPSC approved a new crib regulation. The regulation has two important requirements:

  • Companies that manufacture cribs must meet new, more stringent crib safety standards which are described in the new crib regulation. Companies must have their cribs certified to meet this new crib safety standard by June 28, 2011. After that date, cribs not meeting the new crib safety standard may not be sold in the United States.

  • Child care centers and schools are not allowed to use cribs that do not meet the new crib safety standards after December 28, 2012.


Q: I heard the CPSC has recalled all drop-side cribs. Is that true? Back To FAQ
A: No. The CPSC has banned the sale of cribs not meeting the new crib safety standard after June 28, 2011. Drop-side cribs will not meet the new crib safety standard, but there may be other types of cribs that also do not meet the new standard. The CPSC also banned the use of cribs not meeting the new crib safety standard in day care centers and schools after December 28, 2012. The CPSC has not made a blanket recall of drop-side cribs or of cribs in general.


Q: I work in a day care facility. Is there anything important I need to know about this regulation? Back To FAQ
A: Yes. Part of the new regulation was a provision specifically for day care facilities (including day care in private homes). Day care facilities must remove any cribs not meeting the new crib safety standard by December 28, 2012. Day care facilities that wish to continue using cribs will need to purchase cribs that comply with the new crib safety standard.


Q: Can I get a repair kit for my drop-side crib so that the side cannot move up and down? If so, can I still use it in my day care center after December 28, 2012? Back To FAQ
A: No. Even if the side were immobilized, the crib would not meet the new safety certification requirements and therefore it could not be used in a daycare setting after December 28, 2012.


Q: Have the Angeles® cribs been tested to the new standard? Back To FAQ
A: Yes! The current models of the Angeles® Compact Adjustable Crib (Models DC203NP-L, DC204NP-L and DC207NP-L), the Angeles® Drop Gate Crib (Models DC221, DC222 and DC226) and the new Angeles® Safe-T-Side® Crib (CCRIB1, CCRIB2 and CCRIB3) passed the testing required in the new crib standards. Only these Angeles® models will comply with the new federal requirements for cribs used in a professional child care setting.


Q: Do you have any of the compliant Angeles® models in stock? Back To FAQ
A: Yes, we have the Compact Adjustable and Safe-T-Side® Cribs models that comply with the new federal regulations in stock and ready for shipment!


Q: Did DSS keep current with the regulations? If so, why doesn‘t my crib meet the new crib safety standard? Back To FAQ
A: Angeles® cribs have always met the federal requirements for cribs and met even more challenging requirements in the voluntary ASTM F406 standard for cribs. In this case the CPSC enacted new requirements they felt were in the best interest of consumers and of the highest safety for infants sleeping in cribs. While these requirements do not go into effect until June 28, 2011, we took steps to have our current models tested for compliance to these new requirements. We are happy to say that the Angeles® Compact Adjustable crib (Models DC203NP-L, DC204NP-L and DC207NP-L) the Angeles® Drop Gate Crib (Models DC221, DC222 and DC226) and the new Angeles® Safe-T-Side® Crib (CCRIB1, CCRIB2 and CCRIB3) meet these new crib standards. Only these Angeles® models will comply with the new federal requirements for cribs used in a professional child care setting.


Q: If drop-side cribs are not allowed why are drop-gate cribs being offered? Back To FAQ
A: A drop-gate crib is not the same as a drop-side crib. Drop-gate cribs are specifically manufactured so that only the top "gate" of the crib can move. The drop-gate design is allowed under the new crib regulations and is recommended for people who may have difficulty being able to safely move a child in or out of a fixed-side crib.


Q: Can I have my crib tested to see if it meets the new requirements? Back To FAQ
A: The test is relatively expensive, and typically requires more than one unit for the test since the crib test will result in the destruction of the crib. If you have a significant budget and a number of cribs, you may wish to explore having the cribs tested. However, it is more practical to rely on manufacturers to have these tests done. No drop-side crib will pass the testing.


Q: The warranty on my crib has not expired. Can I still use it in my day care center after December 28, 2012? Back To FAQ
A: No. The warranty on a crib applies only to defects in the construction of the unit and overall quality of the product, but a warranty does not apply to safety standards created by federal or state governments or government agencies. The CPSC passed new regulations that effectively ban the use of cribs in a day care center or school that do not meet the new crib safety standards after December 28, 2012. Day care centers and schools that use cribs on their premises must ensure that those cribs meet the new crib safety standards by December 28, 2012.


Q: How much time do I have to get cribs that comply with the new crib regulations? Back To FAQ
A: The CPSC enacted a 2-year implementation for day-care facilities so that child care providers would have time to gradually purchase cribs that meet the new crib safety standards. This was something that no vendor, including Angeles®, could have known until December 15, 2010, when the new regulation was enacted.


Q: I currently have an Angeles® Evacuation frame on one of my cribs will it fit the Angeles® cribs that comply with the new regulations? Back To FAQ
A: If you have an existing Angeles® Evacuation frame it will still fit the new Angeles® cribs.


Q: Is there any way to tell if my crib meets the new crib regulations? Back To FAQ
A: All of the Angeles® cribs shipped after 01/21/11 comply with the new crib safety standards. Alternatively you can look on the posture board of your crib to find the crib model number. Angeles® crib models DC203NP-L, DC204NP-L and DC207NP-L (Angeles® Compact Adjustable Cribs) DC221, DC222 and DC226 (Angeles® Drop-Gate Cribs) and CCRIB1, CCRIB2 and CCRIB3 (Angeles® Safe-T-Side® Cribs) comply with the new crib safety standards.


Q: Do you expect to have enough cribs to meet customer demand? Back To FAQ
A: Angeles® has made every effort to ensure that there are cribs in stock to meet customer demand however we cannot guarantee availability.


Q: I bought a crib for personal use (in a home). Can I still use it after December 28, 2012? Back To FAQ
A: Yes. The new crib regulations do not apply to cribs for personal use, they apply to people in the child care profession. This includes home day care facilities, but not personal use by consumers.


Q: Do I need a Certificate of Compliance for my crib and, if so, where do I get one? Back To FAQ
A: A Certificate of Compliance (also referred to as COC) is a document that details the testing that the manufacturer has performed on a product. A COC is typically provided by the product manufacturer to the retailer demonstrating that the products delivered meet applicable regulations. You do not need to have a copy of the COC for your crib to be compliant; however, if you have purchased a compliant crib from Discount School Supply, a COC is available for download (here) if you would like one.

 


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